Air Force One: A look back

  • U.S. President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Nov. 30, 2012.
  • The shadow of Air Force One is seen as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on April 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. 
  • President Barack Obama confers with aides aboard Air Force One on Nov. 14, 2009 en route to Singapore. 
  • A crew member stands in the door of Air Force One waiting for the passenger stairs, upon the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama at Joint Base Andrews in Washington on Jan. 8, 2015. 
  • Air Force One landing on ice in Alaska in 2002.
  • U.S. President George W. Bush speaks to Vice President Dick Cheney by phone aboard Air Force One September 11, 2001 after departing Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
  • President Clinton meets with staff as well as future vice president and then-Senator Joe Biden en route to Bosnia on Dec. 22, 1997. 
  • President George H. W. Bush holds a news conference on Air Force One en route from Budapest on in 1989
  • U.S. President Ronald Reagan waves as he exits Air Force One after landing at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla., on March 15, 1982. 
  • Former presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon talk amongst themselves while flying in Air Force One, en route to Egypt for the funeral of assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981.
  • President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford talk with aides aboard Air Force One just before departing San Francisco on Sept. 23, 1975.
  • President Lyndon Johnson talks with congressmen aboard Air Force One during tour of northeast in 1966.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as President of the United States in the cabin of Air Force One as Jacqueline Kennedy stands at his side. 
  • Air Force One is seen at Andrews Air Force Base in 1998.
  • A U.S. Marine beneath Air Force One braces himself against the propeller wash from Marine One carrying U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush Air Force One at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on Nov. 11, 2008.

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Air Force One fulfills the need for the U.S. president to be ready to travel anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice. The plane has marked historic moments, including the on-board inauguration of Lyndon Johnson in 1963 hours after the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. The iconic aircraft has been featured in American culture, including movies, songs, and even apparel, such as Nike’s Air Force 1 sneakers.

Inside, the commander-in-chief and advisers can roam around in 4,000 square feet on three levels that include a suite, large office, conference area, and medical space that functions as an operating room. The words “United States of America,” the country’s flag, and the Seal of the President of the United States brand the plane.

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